“Get in the backseat. We have some candy.” That’s how a couple of degenerates tried to lure Grayden Dowland into their car.
According to an article by Fox 13 TV, Grayden, a 10-year-old from RIVERTON, Utah, was walking home from his basketball coach’s house. His coach lived just two doors down from Grayden’s house.
Grayden said two men in a car pulled up and said hi. Grayden started walking faster. That’s when they tried to lure him in the car with the promise of candy.
But Grayden was smart. He didn’t fall for the ruse. Instead, he started running toward his home. Unfortunately, the front door was locked.
“I thought I was going to be kidnapped.”
Grayden was afraid for his safety and his life. When he saw that the car was coming back, he picked up some rocks, planning to throw them at the men if he had to.
In the video, you can hear the fear in his voice. (See video below.)
Grayden then ran to his neighbor’s house, found the door unlocked, and ran inside. He locked the door behind him.
He wasn’t going to become a victim!
Luckily, Grayden was aware and quick to respond. He ran from the car and, when he realized he couldn’t get in his front door, grabbed the nearest thing he could find to defend himself.
Grayden, even at his young age, has learned threat awareness. He was obviously paying attention to his surroundings. Enough to realize he was being followed.
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He has also clearly developed a defensive mindset. He wasn’t about to become a victim. And he was willing to do whatever it took to defend himself.
Great job, Grayden!!!
It would never happen here
“We’ve been here for fourteen years and to have it happen on your front doorstep, literally, it’s an eye-opener,” Grayson’s dad said.
It’s a typical feeling. You live in a “safe” neighborhood. Nothing like that has ever happened. But then it does.
Don’t think that bad things won’t happen where you live or work. Bad things can, and do, happen everywhere. No place is completely safe.
Please plan ahead. Teach your children about stranger danger. Teach them how to be aware. Help them develop a defensive mindset. Teach them what to do if anything like this happens. And if you’re not sure how, ask professionals for help. Like police and/or Self Defense Instructors.
I know we want to keep our children innocent as long as possible. But we just can’t trust everybody anymore. Unfortunately, no neighborhood is safe anymore.
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